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Defcon
04-23-2008, 12:59 PM
Summer 2007. Roger Federer is on top of the tennis world, his greatness undisputed. He has won AO without dropping a set. The rest of the ATP cower in fear.

Fed goes to Sampras' house, for a friendly hitting session between 2 greats. Much wisdom is exchanged.

Fed loses back to back HC matches to Canas. Shock and awe - how could this happen?

Fed loses to the likes of Volandri.

At Wimbledon he's pushed to 5 by Nadal and comes dangerously close, too close to losing. The serve is there to bail him out.

Fed wins USO basically on the strength of his mental game. The deadly fh is now but a distant memory lost in shadowy mists.

The Sampras-Fed exhibitions generate enormous buzz, record no. of threads, and prove absolutely nothing.

AO 2008 - Fed loses in a non-FO slam for the 1st time in 27 centuries. Historians record the sombre moment and millions of fans are suddenly silenced.

In a bid for revival, Fed hires Higueras, no doubt recommended to him by Sampras. This is the same coach who as far as we can tell, had no effect on Pete's clay court career.

And thus we arrive on the brink of the clay season and the biggest question in tennis - can Fed be Fed once again? He's playing like crap and with seemingly no confidence.

Its funny how we have come to this point just as Fed was about to break Sampras' slam record. Perhaps there is something to conspiracy theories after all :)

Lefty5
04-23-2008, 01:18 PM
Fed, Sampras, and Denko are all in cahoots with the Russian Mafia. Look it up on Wikipedia.

fastdunn
04-23-2008, 01:24 PM
If it ever were due to Sampras' advices, I would say he's been benefitting nicely from it: take it easy on small events and peak at the slams.

He still won 3 slams last year despite some early losses at non-slam events.